January 11-12, 2023

Email Libby Christensen at with questions about the event.

National Western Center is a 250-acre redevelopment project. It hosts the National Western Stock Show each year and is a year-round destination for concerts, conferences, farmers markets, and more. To learn more visit the National Western Center’s website (

CSU Spur Campus is the educational anchor of the National Western Center that is free and open to the public. The campus consists of three buildings – Vida, Terra, and Hydro. CSU Spur invites visitors to see, learn and do – with a goal of inspiring the next generation to engage in big world issues of water, food and health. To learn more, visit CSU Spur’s website (

The JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary & Kay Smith is a facility worthy of a top-ranking Meat Science program. The facility includes a complete livestock and meat processing center, spanning the meat-animal harvesting process, fully equipped with a livestock arena, Temple Grandin-designed holding and harvesting areas, a research and development center and sensory analysis room, an auditorium lecture hall and meat demonstration classroom, and a retail meat and dairy store and café. The JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary & Kay Smith is home to the Temple Grandin Animal Handling & Education Center. This project also replaced the Stock Pavilion that was deconstructed for the new Chemistry Building.

National Western Center

JBS Global Food Innovation Center


We have reserved a block of rooms for those that will be traveling from outside the area at the Hilton Fort Collins, CO.  Parking is available on site, and the hotel is 0.5 miles away from the Animal Science Building.

Room reservation link coming soon

Join us for Happy Hour! 

Happy Hour is brought to you by CSU Fermentation Science and Technology Program and Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe. Details coming soon

Thank you to our ILF Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to our Mountain Meat Sponsors and Partners

Email Libby Christensen at with questions about the summit and 

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number G325-21-W8612 through the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Given the focus on leveraging food policy, we our planning committee is made up of representatives from each of the state’s food policy councils/coalitions, which are in turn representative of the diversity of Colorado’s food systems.

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